Among the issues Murkowski discussed with Gupta were domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly against Indigenous women – a major priority for the Republican of Alaska.
“I felt I was talking to a woman who had not only committed her professional life to trying to find the basis for these injustices, to try not to just direct some money, put a program in place, and come back. call it a day, “Murkowski said,” but to try to really make a difference. “
Gupta has the unanimous support of Senate Democrats, who praise his credentials and are quick to note his endorsements from several law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed the former President Donald Trump twice. Gupta also has the support of Grover Norquist and Bill Kristol.
While Gupta’s nomination has never been threatened, Murkowski’s vote to confirm it comes as a surprise. Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that Gupta could be the first candidate for Biden whose confirmation could fall in party favor.
Gupta’s bipartisan confirmation comes after Senate Republicans, including Murkowski, voted unanimously against Gupta’s discharge from the Judiciary Committee, which blocked 11-11.
During her remarks, Murkowski said that during her meeting with Gupta, the candidate raised the pressures associated with her confirmation.
“Is it worth it?” Murkowski asked his GOP colleagues. “Because it was obviously very difficult for her as a nominee. And she paused and thought for a moment and just talked about how she feels called to serve in a very personal way that I found impactful.
Gupta is currently on leave as chair of the Leaders’ Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Previously, she was head of the civil rights division under former President Barack Obama. She will be the first woman of color to serve as Associate Attorney General.